"Freedom of Choice" Data
Okay, you've read the intro page, and maybe you've looked at the formulas and assumptions. Now you want to see the complete list, showing seminar and clinical results for all law schools. And you're on the right page.
But wait! What's a seminar? What's a simulation class? Why do I care?
Non-Bar (or non-core) electives are courses that won't be on the bar exam. They may be about zoning or banking, religious freedom or health care. They usually come in "small" classes of 50 or fewer. There are four kinds of non-core courses listed in the ABA guide:
Elective classes: small classes, sometimes for less than maximum credit (e.g. 2 hours instead of 3), in which you will take an exam. These classes are usually anonymously graded, so the trouble-makers don't get penalized.
Seminars: small classes in which students write papers and make presentations in class instead of taking a final exam. These courses cannot be anonymously graded.
Simulations: classes like mock trial, moot court, and negotiation, in which you pretend to be lawyers and role-play with assigned problems. These courses also cannot be anonymously graded, and they usually have an assigned grade like other courses.
Clinicals and internships: These are much like internships in college; you're working in a law office of some kind. These courses cannot be anonymously graded, and are usually pass/fail courses.
Okay, now that we know what we're talking about, here's the data:
But wait -- there's one more question we need to answer: what's a good number?
This is like baseball, not golf; large numbers are good, small numbers are bad. Since the numbers of seats published in the ABA book are per year, you want to see a high number; only half that number (more or less) will be available each semester.
For simulation seats,
For elective seats and totals,
Only three a semester? That makes no sense!
Ah, you're forgetting those "Bar Exam" courses, that come in class sizes of over 50. Sooner or later you'll have to take taxes, wills, and criminal procedure.